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PETITIONS

The following 9 petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Reid, from 25 petitioners praying that the Senate reject the recommendation of the Vinson inquiry that an abortion clinic be established in Canberra.

Senator Walters, from 10 petitioners praying that the Senate take action to restrict the viewing of certain films, video tapes and printed material.

Senators Black, Chipp, Gietzelt, Jones and Vigor, from 10, 14, 15, 14 and 19 petitioners, respectively, praying that post-secondary tuition fees and any form of the user-pays principle in education not be introduced, that student financial assistance be increased and that visa charges on private overseas students be removed.

Senator Sir John Carrick, from 1692 petitioners praying that the Senate pass a motion that the existing Australian National Flag be changed only with the approval of the nation as expressed in a referendum.

Senator Zakharov, from 71 petitioners praying that legislation for any plant variety rights system which gives exclusive ownership rights over seeds to individuals, organisations or enterprises be not passed.

The following petition, not in conformity with the Standing Orders, was, by leave, presented by Senator Bjelke-Petersen and received: From 276 petitioners praying that the Australian sugar industry be subsidised and granted loans at a low interest rate.